Flooding takes 11 lives in central Vietnam

HANOI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) — Heavy rain and subsequent flooding in central Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, including seven in Quang Nam province and three in Thua Thien-Hue province, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Monday.

The floods also damaged 12,000 houses and around 11,500 hectares of paddy fields and cash crops, swept away 220 heads of cattle, and inundated 46 hectares of fish farms in the region, the agency cited figures from the National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control as saying.

Major roads in Thua Thien-Hue were submerged under 0.5 to 1.2 meters of flood waters while many sections on roads in Quang Nam province were damaged.

Water levels of rivers in central provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue will continue to rise, the agency cited the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting as saying.

The Center also warned those provinces of possible flash flood and landslides in mountainous districts and low areas.
Flooding takes 11 lives in central Vietnam _English_Xinhua


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